Chicago mayor vows to step up Amazon second headquarters bid

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials vowed Thursday to step up the competition to lure Amazon’s headquarters after the company named the city among the top 20 locations in the running for a facility that promises 50,000 jobs. Amazon narrowed the list of 238 proposals from the U.S., Mexico and Canada, to 20 finalists, also including […]

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Dirty Bear Soap hopes to clean up in business

By ERICA PENNINGTON Features Editor BELOIT — Some of the product’s names may be hilariously filthy, but they’re sure to get you clean. At Dirty Bear Soap, 2101 Riverside Drive #2, quality bath products, a little humor and lots of love collide. “I’ve been making soaps full-time for the past four years,” said owner Ericka […]

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Gander Outdoors set to open on Saturday

JANESVILLE — The Gander Outdoors store in Janesville will celebrate its opening on Saturday. The 33,000-square-foot store at 2900 Deerfield Drive, will employ 55 full and part-time staff members. The Saturday grand opening celebration will commence when the doors open at 9 a.m. Activities will include free pastries and coffee in the morning, hot dogs […]

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New travel centers planned in Roscoe

By AUSTIN MONTGOMERY Staff writer ROSCOE — The Village of Roscoe will see two new gas station travel centers on Rockton Road off of the Interstate 39/90 exit, with a Speedway and Thortons announced by village development staff. The two developments will head for the intersection of Willowbrook and Rockton roads. The Speedway and Thortons […]

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Energizer spends $2 billion to add Rayovac brand

NEW YORK (AP) — Energizer will spend $2 billion in cash to acquire the battery and lighting assets of Spectrum, adding the Rayovac brand to its battery and lighting division. Spectrum Brands said earlier this month that it would seek a buyer for the assets so that it could better focus on other businesses including […]

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Mayor’s office says Chicago hits new record for tourists

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago mayor’s office says the number of tourists to the city in 2017 was more than 55 million — a new record. In a Sunday statement, it says that number was an increase by 1.4 million, or 2.5 percent, compared to the year before. The 55 million figure represents a 40 […]

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Chicago says architecture event drew 550K participants

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials say more than 550,000 people took part in the second architecture extravaganza of its kind in the city that recently ended. A mayor’s office statement says the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial also featured some 140 architects and designers from 20 countries. It ran from Sept. 16 to Jan. 7. Mayor […]

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Cookie line bakes up 100 jobs

By HILLARY GAVAN Senior staff writer SOUTH BELOIT ­— TreeHouse Foods is installing a new cookie line and will be hiring up to 100 people in the coming months. TreeHouse Foods currently has 300 employees. Its South Beloit plant manufactures soft-bake in-store bakery cookies and animal crackers. “In the past year we increased our staffing […]

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Gov. Scott Walker will keynote chamber dinner

BELOIT — The Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner meeting will feature Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as keynote speaker for the evening. The 91st annual dinner is scheduled to take place Tuesday, Feb. 27. Details for the gathering have not yet been announced, but chamber officials expect that information to be available soon. Walker […]

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Town to remodel two of its buildings

By RYAN SILVOLA Staff writer TOWN OF BELOIT— The Town of Beloit began receiving sealed bids for work to be performed on Fire Station Two and the police department on Monday. The work includes partial demolition and remodeling within the two buildings. Work on Fire Station Two, located next to the police station on Inman […]

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